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A Blooming Grevillea and an Antechinus Visit

2 Aug 2017 8:24 AM | WARREN SHEATHER (Administrator)

The garden diary will be a weekly blog that provides information about our horticultural activities plus items about the wildlife with which we share our garden and surrounding bushland.

Our garden, on the Northern Tablelands of NSW, has become rather large over years and we have created extensive shrubberies which on our 900 metre high hill provide some protection from the sometimes inclement weather as well a sanctuary for a host of small native birds. Because we cultivate a wide range of native plants there is always something in flower.

Over 95% of the plants used are propagated on site. A large number of plants are grown from cuttings. We use a propagating unit with bottom heating and intermittent misting (see item and photo above).

On this last week in July we have potted on struck cuttings of Correa baeuerlenii, Grevillea evansiana, Hakea nodosa, Prostanthera aspalathoides and Isopogon formosus. Descriptions and photos of most of these species are in the Plant Profile section.

On the wildlife front: This week, for the second time, a Brown Antechinus (Antechinus stuartii) ran across our deck when we were having lunch. This was a very exciting sighting. Our White Boxes (E. albens) are in full flower and the Rainbow Lorikeets are raucously making full use of the nectar flow.

This week’s photo is a flower head of our Grevillea Pink Surprise. This plant is carrying over 50 flower heads.



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